Museum Mashup: The Key Master Meets the Bionic Man

June 3, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Pushing boundaries is a common thread for art of all kinds. In the third installment of the Museum Mashup series, collaborative pianist David Saffert joins physicist Richard Taylor, Ph.D., to share their perspectives on collaboration and co-creation in their respective fields.

Join us at the Museum to dive into a unique auditory and visual exploration of art, and share your thoughts with other guests as we explore dynamic connections between science and art. As always, noted comic and performer Bri Pruett will moderate the event.


David SaffertDavid Saffert, Collaborative Pianist
David Saffert works as a pianist for Portland Opera. On his own he has had five successful runs of “David Saffert’s Birthday Bashstravaganza!” at Curious Comedy Theatre as part of Portland’s Fertile Ground Festival. Before moving to Portland he worked in Minnesota at The Guthrie, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, History Theatre, and James Sewell Ballet, as well as touring the nation in Troupe America’s “A Christmas Carol.” Recent projects have included a live broadcast on All Classical Radio with host Robert McBride on “Thursdays at Three.” David’s most recent stint has been performing as Liberace – rings, costumes and all. He is currently working with Bo Ayars, Liberace’s own Music Director of 13 years. Together they are planning a full-on Liberace show entitled “Something More Spectacular,” and a special show in Liberace’s own Las Vegas mansion.

Richard TaylorRichard Taylor, Professor of Physics, Psychology and Art and Director of the Materials Science Institute University of Oregon
Richard Taylor, Ph. D., has published more than 270 research papers and has worked in the USA, UK, Sweden, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. In addition, he trained as a painter and has a Master’s Degree in Art Theory. Taylor uses his interests in nature’s fractal patterns to encourage collaborations between science and art and to promote public awareness of science. His work has been the subject of several television documentaries, including “The Art of Science” (ABC), “Hunting the Hidden Dimension” (PBS) and “The Code” (BBC TV), as well as articles in The New York Times, The London Times, Scientific American, Time, New Yorker, Discover, National Geographic and The Atlantic. He has given talks for diverse organizations, including the Nobel Foundation, the White House, the Centre Pompidou and the Guggenheim Museum.


Bri PruettBri Pruett, Comic and Performer
Bri Pruett is a stand-up comic and improviser from Portland, Oregon. She’s appeared at Bridgetown Comedy Festival, SF Sketch Fest, All Jane No Dick comedy festival, the Seattle International Comedy Competition, and Bumbershoot. She makes regular appearances at Helium Comedy Club, Curious Comedy Theater, and other Portland showcases. She is a part of the power quartet behind weekly comedy showcase Earthquake Hurricane. Bri is a monthly contributor to the ever popular Portland Mercury, Blogtown, USA, with her sex and dating column: Let’s Do It! with Bri Pruett. Bri will keep the conversation going with her signature humor and charm.


Presented by the Young Patrons of the Portland Art Museum.

Sponsored by Black Helterline.

Complimentary light refreshments.
No-host bar.

$5 for Museum members; $15 for nonmembers.

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The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.